27 September 2016 Last updated at: 8:02 AM
Malawi Cashgate: Senzani to be set free from prison for showing ‘good bevahiour’
Former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Treza Namathanga Senzani who was supposed to compelete her three year jail term next year is set to be let free for showing a ‘good character’ at Maula Prison, Malawi24 has learnt.
Senzani was in 2014 sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment on offences of money laundering and theft respectively.
She had pleaded guilty to stealing around $150,000 (63 million kwacha) from state coffers, part of a broader swindle worth at least $30 million and was convicted on her own guilty plea.
But latest reports we are following indicate that the Malawi Prion Service has placed her as one of the inmate who will be released for being exemplary behind the bars.
According to Commissioner for prisons responsible for operations Masauko Wisikoti, there were no any reports of bad behaviours from Senzani.
”She was well behaved in jail. Officer in charge of Maula Prison said she had showed exemplary behaviour while in prison, we did not receive any complaints from the OC of Maula prison concerning her” Wisikoti is quoted as saying by local media.
Her jail term was meant to end October 6, 2017.
She became the first convict sentenced out of the more than 50 people arrested in connection with the fracas.
Senzani was apprehended in 2013 having issued two Cheques to her own company, which according to police never had the provision of goods or services to the government.
Other convicts, former Assistant Accountant in the government Victor Sithole later joined her on the list. Sithole was jailed for nine years having being found guilty of of being found in possession of unexplained cash suspected to have been stolen amounting to K112 million , $31 800 (about K13.6 million) and R122 400 (about K4.5 million) in hard cash which was found at his house in Area 47 in September 2013.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Deputy Director of Youth Wyson Zinyemba Soko was then sent to prison for seven years. Soko was found in possession of MK40.9 million ($90 000), attained in corrupt ways.
The scandal saw donors withdrawing their support to Malawi amid similar revelations – this time led by civil servants where billions of kwachas went uncounted for in a scandal better known as Cashgate.